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Davenport University Men’s Lacrosse took on the Brigham Young Cougars in what was their second game in their Utah road trip after beating UVU 10-9 on a last second buzzer-beater.
BYU came out strong early, taking a commanding 4-1 lead. BYU goalie Sam Hawes came up big early with some impressive stops as the defense turned away Davenport multiple times.
Davenport was able to pick up momentum late in the first quarter, nearly evening the score at 6-5 for BYU.
In a fast-paced second quarter, BYU and Davenport would trade punches, with the score remaining tight at the break, 9-8 BYU. The game got a little sloppy as turnovers by both teams cost them precious offensive possessions.
The second half was a different story. Davenport’s defense came up big in the third quarter, limiting BYU to two goals. Davenport goalie Jack Huffman had some big stops as the defense was able to frustrate the Cougars.
The fourth quarter saw an offensive explosion from Davenport with 8 goals being put in for the Panthers. BYU kept a solid pace of their own, but were unable to outscore the Panthers. The game ended with a 19-16 score in favor of Davenport.
BYU head coach Matt Schneck said of Davenport’s offensive production, “That was all transition. I think when you go back and look at this game you’re going to find that 75 percent of their goals were in transition. With a score like this, that’s a lot of transition goals.”
When asked about what contributed to Davenport’s ability to score in transition, Schneck said, “It was a combination of a couple things. They were moving the ball quickly enough that we weren’t able to get into our ride.” Schneck added, “We made an adjustment with it that started to work a little bit, but I think that majority of their transition goals were from mishaps, bad passes, things off the faceoffs especially.”
Faceoffs did prove to be a critical factor in the game, as BYU faceoff-specialist Jack Varvel controlled the majority of the draws. However, Davenport had LSM Jake Hodges take their draws in the second half and caused problems for BYU by limiting their ability to pick up ground balls.
“They outworked us and outperformed us when it came to picking up ground balls off of the faceoff,” said Schneck. “Varvel was doing an exceptional job winning the draw, but we were just having trouble picking it up.”
When Davenport wasn’t scoring in transition, the Panthers would slow it down on offense and were largely held at bay. “I was kind of surprised we didn’t see more potential stall calls,” Schneck said. “There were some two and three minute possessions that went without too much action, but I thought they did a great job of holding and possessing the ball.”
Schneck hopes his team will learn something from the loss. “I think anytime you lose it gives you an opportunity to reflect and re-evaluate some of the things you need to work on,” said Schneck. “I think this exposed some very important things that we need to work on as a team as we get into practice with three games next week.”